Langrisser I & II, a single package containing remakes of both RPG classics, is launching today on Nintendo Switch. NIS America has shared a launch trailer to mark the occasion.
Both of the two games featured have been entirely remastered with HD graphics, re-orchestrated music, and quality of life improvements. The trailer comes alongside some additional info if you need to catch up:
When the forces of darkness seek to extinguish life as we know it, the Descendants of Light will emerge and vanquish chaos with the legendary sword, Langrisser! Remade for modern consoles, Langrisser I & II brings new light to this legendary SRPG series.
About the Story:
Langrisser I: The forces of darkness are descending upon the Kingdom of Baldea. Take up your sword as Prince Ledin, and discover the evil that lies in the heart of the Dalsis Empire.
Langrisser II: The forces of darkness once again threaten the realm. Thrust in between warring factions, it is up to our hero Elwin to navigate this war and determine which path will bring peace to this conflict.
- A Blade Honed to Perfection: Experience two classic titles with new visuals, music, localization, a new character with new story choices, and switch between remastered and classic art!
- Legendary Legions: Expanded character options across two games allow you to command 33 playable characters and customise them with 50 unique classes.
- Forge Your Fate : Your greatest weapon is choice. Your decisions result in any one of 22 story endings and 560 character outcomes across both titles.
We'll have a review of the collection for you in due time, but until then, make sure to let us know if you're thinking of grabbing this one with a comment below.
Looks good, never heard of this franchise until the one on the 3DS, but I heard that one was pretty bad. Looks a bit like Dragon Force on the Saturn.
Haven’t played this series before but I’m intrigued...the look of the battles reminds me of Dragon Force on Sega Saturn, which I used to love.
@Emob ha- you beat me to it 😂
Jinxed my plans to get it at launch after all, but still hoping for an April/May purchase at latest. Until then, the demo conveniently serves up the beginning chapters (with the saves supported in the main game afterwards) should I fancy already going for it. Granted, my turn-based tactical JRPG backlog is still primarily focused on Fire Emblem at the moment, but this pack is still one of THE 2020 Switch releases in my book overall.
Wasn't keen on the demo, even with the classic art style it looked nothing like the original but it played ok. I'll stick to playing the Megadrive originals instead unless I see it on a huge sale
Man, this has been a long wait lol.
Jeez, how did they ruin two perfectly good games??? These games are both on the Sega Mega Drive, and that's where I'll be playing them as always. For some reason, someone thought it would be a good idea to change the graphics into an ultra-ugly mobile-phone style and release the games again. Whatever...
If anyone wants to play great strategy RPGs from the old days, try Shining Force I and II on the Sega Mega Drive Collection for the Nintendo Switch. Also, Fire Emblem for the GBA, and Jeanne d'Arc for the PSP.
Langrisser was released as "War Song" in the west, and it's a good game but not worth this price when you can get two better strategy RPGs on the Sega Mega Drive Collection, plus other great RPGS.
It's a very cool and unique (despite being super old, I remember playing War Song) take on strategy RPGs. I noticed in the demo that especially the first battle, and I think the next one or two were MUCH MUCH easier in this remake than they were in War Song. Kinda let down by that.
Hmm.. It looks rather generic. At least it's cool you can choose between two art styles, but neither art style sparks particular joy for me. It looks a LOT like a free mobile game I've been playing for a bit, which also got old rather fast.
Seems like I am not the only one likening it to mobile phone games... I really don't get why they choose to go that route.
@FantasiaWHT It is a LOT easier and you can also rank-up your commanders faster, but that's not a bad thing as it took ages in the original
@Damo what? I can get Garrett to a Lord midway through scenario 2 no problem
@FantasiaWHT you're not meant to win the first battle anyway, just hang around and gain some experience on the west side of the castle
So is the voice acting in English?
Can't help chuckling at all the "superior Mega Drive versions" comments. Your mileage may vary about the visuals, but one of the second game's biggest highlights was being among the branching story pioneers in the subgenre - and that didn't even happen in the Mega Drive original... which never made it westward anyway. Neither did Der Langrisser and any subsequent re-releases until now - this is pretty much the first time you can officially play the entirety of the game in English without rom patches and costly import hunts to justify the use of said patches.
@nhSnork True, but they've made a bunch of changes to the missions structure / map layouts and not all of them work IMO. And the MD originals do hang together better from a visual perspective... although that could be nostalgia talking
@carlos82 Oh, I know, but it usually takes a lot of tactical grinding to do. Here, you can ignore all of that and still grab loads of EX without even trying
As someone who likes Fire Emblem, would I enjoy this game?
@Damo I'd be interested in picking it up but nowhere near that price
@carlos82 Warsong is one of my top 5 games of all time so I'm enjoying it but I remain a little conflicted lol
They've also randomised the 'classic' soundtrack so tracks from L2 are featured when you play the first game... not sure the entire soundtrack is present, either
@NinjaWaddleDee Yes. It's very similar but different enough to still be interesting
Picked up the limited edition and really love this release. The option to switch to classic music , character art and background sprites is nice. A great series that has suffered from lack of releases and an awful 3ds game here in the West.
I wish the 'classic' mode actually was the classic mode instead of these weird pre rendered pixel mashup style.
Yes to Jeanne D'Arc that is a top notch SRPG made by Level 5 that too few people ever saw. Another great one from PSP days that reminds of FF Tactics is Spectral Souls.....the game was mostly held down by tech issues when running from UMD....if you have a hacked PSP or Vita and clan play from memory card then it plays quite fine and its very good....I love the SRPG genre and am so happy that Switch has become the home for just about every good SRPG that isn't X-Com.....they did a decent X-Com port to Vita so would love to see any of those come to Switch. Another really great modern throwback game is Into the Breach. Only on PC prior to Switch release, but they did an excellent port to Switch and if you want 16bit looks with modern mechanics/game play then that is a good one as well. Of course FE3H has been eating up a lot of my time since last year....love that game...on my second play thru and doing the 4th house DLC....I so hope they use the current FE engine and put out another one on Switch in this generation.
@Damo I remember picking up Warsong many years ago from Gamestation and it's been one of my favourite games ever since, though sadly my copy doesn't save anymore. If I see this at £20 to £30 I'll probably give it a go, I just won't use the "classic" mode which looks awful
I've been playing it for 2 days. Didn't even know I got it early. Gamefly must have sent it out by mistake.
It's a great game! Bought it on Steam and really enjoy it. I personally really like the new art style. I bought the artbook and read about the thoughts behind every character and showing new and old version of the character art. If you want the art more old school you can get that, but in my opinion the new one is much better looking. Now you can enjoy the nice drawings in high res instead of a chunky 16-bit graphics from 90´s or just combine them how you like it.
Thanks for the heads-up about Spectral Souls - I had never even heard of it. I'm definitely gonna givee it a try, but I'm also busy with Fire Emblem 3H, as well as other games. Into the Breach is in my backlog and I can't wait to get to it as I love the graphical style. It's different from most SRPGs. I'm a handheld gamer, so I play everything on Switch Lite, 3DS and PSP. I never bought the PS Vita as the 3DS had the much better library, what with the Fire Emblem games, the Dragon Quest games and even hidden gems like Stella Glow. The PSP is obviously amazing once you hack it and put all the classics onto it. A lot of the best SRPGs were on the PS1, SNES and Mega Drive.
Where is Warsong aka Langrisser 3!! That was the best one in the series and made it on to the Genesis.
The music in the trailer is awesome, what's the tune called?
@Crono1973 no, the voice acting is Japanese, and it's really well done.
I like that they changed the first one a bit and added multiple ends, the second one had multiple endings and they kept it that way. You can also change up the art style to play it like the original art.
There's also a New Game + available after you beat the game.
The battles feel epic, and unlike some other SRPGs, if you make a mistake, it doesn't mean that you'll lose the battle.
I love the characters in both games, and started to get attached to the characters.
Got mixed feelings about the demo. I do love srpg's and the mercenary system seems pretty cool but I really didn't like the way it looked and I can see the battles getting repitive quickly.
For now Ill wait for a 50% discount unless the review can convince me otherwise.
Playing it and loving it. A real gem of a game.
i downloaded the demo and I like the gameplay but I can't even beat the demo level. If I suck that bad at the demo level then I can't see spending $50 on it.
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